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Excellent WSJ Article on NCAAF and the English Premier League

 

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I really believe this system is intriguing.  Basically you have 4 super conferences, and the mid-major conference teams are relegated to subgroups with the opportunity to play up and get into a super conference.  If you're a perennial basement dweller like Indiana, you'll spend a lot of time in the subgroup instead of the main conference.

School Current Conference New Conference Conference Type Football Revenue in 2009* Point Total
SUPER-BIG NORTH CONFERENCE




Cincinnati Big East Big North Super 11,460,935 12
Iowa Big Ten Big North Super 38,896,234 11
Penn State Big Ten Big North Super 61,767,717 11
Ohio State Big Ten Big North Super 68,196,195 11
Pittsburgh Big East Big North Super 20,494,743 10
Wisconsin Big Ten Big North Super 40,005,517 10
Nebraska Big-12/Big Ten Big North Super 55,226,605 10
West Virginia  Big East Big North Super 28,952,873 9
Northwestern Big Ten Big North Super 23,951,794 8
Missouri Big-12 Big North Super 24,141,873 8
Temple MAC Big North Super 8,037,577 7
Iowa State Big 12 Big North Super 21,261,439 7
Minnesota Big Ten Big North Super 25,594,942 6
Michigan State Big Ten Big North Super 43,506,725 5
Michigan Big Ten Big North Super 52,246,025 5
Purdue Big Ten Big North Super 18,320,608 4
Indiana › Big Ten Big North Super 20,836,473 4
Illinois › Big Ten Big North Super 25,710,645 2
SUB-BIG NORTH CONFERENCE




Central Michigan ^ MAC Big North Sub 7,991,950 13
Ohio ^ MAC Big North Sub 6,043,619 10
Northern Illinois MAC Big North Sub 5,150,310 8
Marshall C-USA Big North Sub 6,859,758 8
Bowling Green MAC Big North Sub 2,118,327 7
Kent State MAC Big North Sub 4,997,453 5
Western Michigan MAC Big North Sub 5,603,913 5
Toledo MAC Big North Sub 5,857,513 5
Akron MAC Big North Sub 1,577,189 3
Ball State MAC Big North Sub 5,181,790 2
Miami (OH) MAC Big North Sub 5,356,706 1
Eastern Michigan MAC Big North Sub 5,289,450 0

 

Now, what I also really like about this article is the Football Revenue numbers.  Right there you can see who's bringing in the money, and who's leeching off the conference.  Notice Nebraska's 55 million fits in nicely, while Mizzou brought in 24 million.  If you consider that football revenue is a major factor in conference expansion, it's pretty clear why Nebraska got an offer and Mizzou didn't.

This brings me to a table I made:

School Current Conference New Conference Conference Type Football Revenue in 2009* Point Total
EXPANSION CANDIDATES +CURRENT B10
Texas Big-12 Southern Super 87,583,986 13
Notre Dame N/A N/A Sub 83,352,439 0
Ohio State Big Ten Big North Super 68,196,195 11
Penn State Big Ten Big North Super 61,767,717 11
Nebraska Big-12/Big Ten Big North Super 55,226,605 10
Michigan Big Ten Big North Super 52,246,025 5
Michigan State Big Ten Big North Super 43,506,725 5
Wisconsin Big Ten Big North Super 40,005,517 10
Iowa Big Ten Big North Super 38,896,234 11
Illinois Big Ten Big North Super 25,710,645 2
Minnesota Big Ten Big North Super 25,594,942 6
Missouri Big-12 Big North Super 24,141,873 8
Northwestern Big Ten Big North Super 23,951,794 8
Indiana Big Ten Big North Super 20,836,473 4
Pittsburgh Big East Big North Super 20,494,743 10
Rutgers Big East Big North Super 19,738,023 9
Purdue Big Ten Big North Super 18,320,608 4
Maryland ACC Atlantic Sub 13,980,823 3

 

I think this clearly illustrates why the Big East teams are unattractive from a financial standpoint with regard to expansion.  I know people want to see eastern teams on our schedule, but they would all rate at the bottom of the conference in football revenue and that's going to be hard to offset with supposed TV contracts.  Based on these stats Nebraska was a home run addition to the conference.

And, because everyone loves a poll:

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